Forwards Matt Calvert and Ryan Johansen as well as defensemen Tim Erixson and David Savard will join fellow Springfield Falcons Cam Atkinson and John Moore at the Columbus Blue Jackets' training camp.
The four were recalled after last night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Worcester Sharks that earned the Falcons a point an extended their lead in the Northeast Divison, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported.
While it was originally thought that call ups would not take place until after Saturday's game against the Providence Bruins, which takes place at the MassMutual Center at 7 p.m., Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reported late morning on Friday that players brought to camp would be recalled that night.
Johansen, Columbus’ No. 4 overall draft pick in 2010, who languished on the Blue Jackets’ fourth line last year because he was too young to play in the AHL and Columbus did not wish to return him to the Portland Winter Hawks of the major junior Western Hockey League, has found his rhythm in Springfield.
His 14 goals are second on the team and his 27 points rank third.
Erixon, who was a piece in Blue Jackets’ trade of star winger Rick Nash, is the Falcons’ best scoring defenseman with 24 points (4 goals, 20 assists). Savard, the former Canadian Defenseman of the Year, has 21 points (3 goals, 18 assists) and a nifty plus-12 plus-minus rating. Last year, he played 31 games in Columbus and was one of the few Blue Jackets defensemen without a negative plus-minus rating.
Matt Calvert, who has had a solid campaign for Springfield thus far, has some NHL experience. He played 42 games with Columbus during the 2010-11 season, registering 20 points (11 goals, 9 assists).
Including the called up players, Columbus' camp roster currently stands at 25 - 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies.
Notable names that were not called up include two of the Falcons's top-4 scoring forwards - Nick Drazenovic and Jonathan Audy-Marchesault - defensman Nick Holden, forward Tomas Kubalik and goalie Curtis McElhinney, however, Portzline speculated that more call-ups could be forthcoming "based on injuries or what kind of practice [head coach] Todd Richards and his staff want to run."
Without Atkinson and Moore on Friday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Falcons thrice erased one-goal deficits, including in the final minute of regulation to force overtime in a 4-3 loss.
Kubalik scored a power play goal - his second goal of the game - with 58 seconds remaining in the third period to earn the point, but Worcester's Nick Petrecki scored at 4:18 in overtime to give the Sharks the victory.
In earning the point, Springfield widened its lead for the division over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to six points.
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